World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

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by R. Kent Rasmussen
     
 

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An educational and interactive children’s guide to the Great War

 

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this activity book provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at World War I, which involved all of the world’s superpowers during a time of great technological and societal change. Emphasizing

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An educational and interactive children’s guide to the Great War

 

In time for the 2014 centennial of the start of the Great War, this activity book provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at World War I, which involved all of the world’s superpowers during a time of great technological and societal change. Emphasizing connections among events as well as the war’s influence on later historical developments, it leads young readers to fully understand the most important aspects of the war, including how the war came about, how changing military technology caused the western front to bog down into a long stalemate, how the war fostered an era of rapid technological advances, and how the entry of the United States helped end the war. The book explores topics of particular interest to kids, such as turn-of-the-20th-century weaponry, air and naval warfare, and the important roles animals played in the war. Relevant crosscurricular activities expand on concepts introduced and illuminate the era of the early 1900s, including making a periscope, teaching a dog to carry messages, making a parachute, learning a popular World War I song, and more.

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"Rasmussen offers a challenging volume that doesn’t ignore the complexities of history ..." —Kirkus Reviews “[Rasmussen] explains what happened in clear, concise language, presenting the information in a way that encourages thought, reflection and perhaps additional reading." —KidsReads.com

“From the first to last chapter, the reader takes a front row seat into a world at war. Rasmussen made this book interesting and relevant, whetting the student’s appetite for more. The author had the foresight to provide a list of websites, allowing the student to further explore any aspect of the war he or she wishes." —Naval Historical Foundation

“Makes a useful addition to many collections...Even students who are unenthusiastic about warfare will find themselves intrigued by chapters such as “Animals Go to War ..."  —Booklist

“[World War I for Kids] explains the war without talking down to kids.” —Austin American-Statesman

“The inclusion of accompanying activities would make this a particularly useful volume for teachers looking to incorporate such activities into their lessons. This would be an essential purchase for most public libraries.” —YA Books Central

“Every so often a really outstanding book comes along for younger readers. When a book like World War I for Kids comes along, it offers an opportunity that a parent should embrace.” —Bookreviews by Alan Caruba

“Organized, thorough, and accessible. An engaging start for students learning about World War I.” —School Library Journal

“This is a great resource to have for your history library. It’s engaging and not too text-bookish. As an unschooling family it was right up our alley, even as high schoolers. I wish I had all the books in this series.” —Mama Kautz

“Highly recommended, especially for middle grade school library and children’s public library collections.” —The Midwest Book Review

“An impressive yet manageable overview of the Great War. This is a well conceived book, and one with a trove of good artwork.” —American History magazine

“I imagine that this book, and its companion World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) will be very popular in my 5th grade classroom.” —A Year of Reading

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–8—In the introduction, the author explains that when studying wars, looking at winners and losers is less crucial than examining the overall effects. This book does so in an organized, thorough, and accessible fashion. It also covers causes, public reaction, war tactics, animals on the battlefield, the role of women and African Americans, the daily life of soldiers, and more. Occasional sidebars highlight tangential information, such as an excerpt from a soldier's letter, a mini-bio of nurse Edith Cavell, and so on. Though there are a variety of related activities described (training a dog to carry messages, making a model gas mask out of cardboard and bubble wrap, reading a World War I—era adventure novel), they are questionable in their educational usefulness, feasibility, or desirability. Throughout, readers will find a plethora of black-and-white archival photographs reflecting the diverse aspects of World War I: battles at sea, in the air, and on the ground; soldiers in trenches; key military men and politicians; and so on. The gruesome nature of a few of the images might be tough viewing for some young readers, such as a photo depicting a dead soldier tangled up in a barbed wire trap. An engaging start for students learning about World War I.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
A comprehensive study of the Great War, emphasizing the changes the war brought and how it shaped our modern world. World War I destroyed empires, gave Hitler grievances to exploit in his rise to power and made the United States a world power. Rasmussen offers a challenging volume that doesn't ignore the complexities of history, beginning with a look at Europe in 1914, what triggered the conflict and the complicated alliances that pulled nations into the war. The study is full of archival photographs, extensive sidebars on related topics such as the Christmas truce and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and reproductions of posters, newspaper ads and charts. Curiously absent are maps that could help readers follow the ebb and flow of battles. As in other volumes in the For Kids series, the combination of a serious historical text with kid-friendly activities creates a disconnect: The text works for older middle school readers, but they are likely to find the activities childish or even condescending. The challenging text is engaging by itself without the enticement to make gas masks, parachutes, stew and war bread. A solid exploration of a horrific war that unfortunately didn't turn out to be "the war to end all wars." (timeline, resources, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613745595
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
For Kids Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
488,879
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
9 Years

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